Jonathan James Underwood is an associate in the firm’s intellectual property (IP) practice, where he focuses on complex patent litigation, IP counseling and IP transactions.

Practice & Background

Dr. Underwood received his J.D. from Cornell University Law School in 2014. At Cornell Law School, he was the chancellor of the Moot Court Board and an articles editor on the Cornell International Law Journal. He received a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Southampton in 2003, where his research focused on developing radical reaction methodologies for synthesizing cycloheptanes. He carried out postdoctoral research in Japan developing new organic catalysts for industrial oxidation processes, and in Tampa developing new anticancer drugs. He received his B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Southampton in 1999.

Dr. Underwood represents clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Representative patent subject matter includes biologics, such as meningitis vaccines and cholesterol-lowering antibodies; small molecules, such as opioid pain relievers, anticancer agents, antifungal treatments, antidepressants and eye treatments; and medical devices, such as suturing tools and anchors, orthodontic screws and scalpels.

Dr. Underwood has assisted clients in a variety of pro bono matters, including child welfare, appeals of veteran disability determinations, Social Security Disability appeals, immigration petitions under the Violence Against Women Act and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. He is an active member of the legal education community, judging law school students in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition and high school students in the John S. Bradway Mock Trial Competition.

Dr. Underwood was a member of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s 2013 summer associate program.